Quiz: If You Ace This Quiz, We’ll Be Impressed by Your Grammar Skills
If You Ace This Quiz, We’ll Be Impressed by Your Grammar Skills
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

Grammar: It's the bane of many a grade-school student, and for some, the fear doesn't abate much when they get into adulthood. Few things can make you look stupider than writing "I believe their is room at your company for a hard worker like me" on the cover letter to a job application. Of course, "their/they're/there" is one of the easier grammar errors to catch, and furthermore, most word-processing programs have grammar-check applications alongside their spellcheckers (Whew!).

But not all grammar issues are so easily caught. Is that really long, complicated sentence actually a run-on? Does the short, sharp sentence "Go away!" have a subject? What about an object? And if not, is it a sentence fragment? If an apostrophe and an "s" make most nouns possessive, like "Jennie's," then why is "the dog scratched it's ear" wrong?

We've got a quiz to help you find out if you've got a handle on all these tricky issues. Don't worry, we're not going to test you on the names of obscure grammar terms. You won't have to know transitive from intransitive or have to define an appositive. Simple grammar terms, though, are fair game. And a bit of this quiz will also involve punctuation because incorrect punctuation is what sometimes makes a sentence ungrammatical. 

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All of the following words are nouns. Which one is a "count noun"?
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What is the opposite of a count noun?
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Teachers often say that one part of speech "modifies" another, but what does "modify" really mean?
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Is there anything wrong with this sentence? "Gavin administered the test to Jennie, Kiki and I."
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Can you identify the proper noun among the common ones?
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Which of these plural forms is incorrect?
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Can you tell us which of these pronouns doesn't require an apostrophe to be made plural?
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Of the following verbs, which one is irregular?
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Which part of speech connects words, phrases or clauses?
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Adverbs modify which other part of speech?
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True or false? A split infinitive isn't always bad grammar.
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What punctuation mark would make the following sentence correct? "She got into her aged car, a Volkswagen and tried to start the engine."
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What is wrong with the following sentence? "While cleaning up after the party, I found a sequined girl's headband."
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Is everything OK with this sentence? "Charles' lawn was browning from lack of water; he really needed to put out some sprinklers."
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What's the issue with this sentence? "The basics of good writing are simple: omit needless words, keep the reader in mind, and simplicity."
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Which punctuation mark would repair this sentence? "My car needed more in repairs than it was worth, I decided to sell it."
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In the sentence "Tomorrow we will go to the beach," what part of speech is "tomorrow"?
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What's wrong with the following sentence? "My sister, Jaye, gave a eulogy for our beloved grandfather."
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What is wrong with the following sentence? "Today's world can always use more careful ethical journalists."
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The sentence "Stay strong, brother," is an example of what kind of mood?
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What does a sentence written in the indicative mood describe?
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What is the subject of the short sentence, "Go get help!"
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True or false? A conjunction can be used to cut off words/ideas from each other.
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Is it ever acceptable to turn a noun into a verb, as in, "I office out of my home"?
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What is wrong with the following sentence? "Firstly, I never even said that I wasn't going to dinner."
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